Mississippi Wants Fat People To Steer Clear Of Restaurants

Filed under: Restaurants — @ February 1, 2008

Fat people no longer welcome dining out in Mississippi?

As someone with a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy and Government, I’ve come across quite a bit of dopey legislation on the local, state, and federal government level over my years of studying and examining many different proposed bills. But Mississippi House Bill No. 282 that was drafted by two Republicans and a Democrat and submitted to the Mississippi House of Representatives today might just take the cake for the most insane obesity-fighting legislation of all-time.

The “Three Blind Mice” of Mississippi: Mayhall, Read, and Shows

In an attempt to respond to the rising obesity crisis happening in the state of Mississippi right now where they earned the dubious distinction as the first state in the U.S. to surpass 30 percent obesity rates in 2007 (30.6 percent), state House of Representatives members W. T. Mayhall, Jr. and John Read, both Republicans, and Democrat Bobby Shows thought it would be prudent to LEGISLATIVELY require restaurant owners to discriminate against fat people wanting to eat at their establishment. I kid you not, that’s what the bill says and they are DEAD SERIOUS (hat tip to Regina Wilshire for telling me about this one)!

Click here to read why this legislation has some rather obvious unintended consequences that the “Three Blind Mice” of Mississippi have overlooked and how even more discrimination against fat people would be permitted by the government to take place. YIKES!


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